Barney Odell 'Moon' Mullins

Sept. 11, 1912 - Aug. 17, 2004

Longtime Douglas Flat resident Barney Odell "Moon" Mullins died Tuesday at his home. He was 91.

He was born in Cumby, Texas, and had lived in Douglas Flat for 36 years. He was a retired rubber worker for the U.S. Tire and Rubber Company in Los Angeles.

Mr. Mullins is survived by his common law wife, Evelyn Corbett of Douglas Flat; children, Karen Hocket of Idaho, Robert Mullins of Honolulu; a stepdaughter, Judy Gill of Douglas Flat; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A graveside service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at Buena Vista Cemetery in Murphys.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.



March 18, 1916 - Aug. 17, 2004

Longtime San Andreas resident Elizabeth Seagraves died Tuesday at a Riverbank care center. She was 88.

She was born and raised in Pulaski, Tenn., and had moved to Madera in 1936. She later moved to San Jose in 1956 and had lived in San Andreas since 1973. She was a retired motel manager.

She was a member of the Mountain Ranch Community Church.

She is survived by her brothers, George Russell of Columbia, Tenn., and Marvin Russell of Atwater; a sister, Ivadell Dalton of Columbia, Tenn.; grandsons, Larry Douglas Seagraves of Sonora, Dave Seagraves of San Andreas and Danny Seagraves of Mountain Ranch; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son, Larry Seagraves.

Visitation is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow at San Andreas Memorial Chapel. A memorial service will follow and is scheduled for 1 p.m. tomorrow at the chapel. A potluck will follow the memorial service at Mountain Ranch Community Church. Burial is scheduled for Monday at Evergreen Memorial Park.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


Luella Stone

May 22, 1935 - July 25, 2004

Longtime Sonora resident Shirley Luella Stone died July 25 at a Sonora hospital of respiratory failure. She was 69.

She was born in Chico, Butte County, and she was the only child of Clarence and Florence Wilson.

She grew up in the Bella Vista area of Shasta County and graduated from Shasta Union High School in Redding. She then attended Shasta Junior College for business.

After marrying Chester Stone in 1954, she withdrew from college and moved to Missoula, Mont., to support her husband who was attending the University of Montana, School of Forestry. She worked for the Burlington Northern Rail Road while in Montana.

After moving to Sonora in 1965, she was the school secretary of Curtis Creek Elementary School until her retirement in 1986.

Her friends said she was known by the teachers and staff at the school for her wide ranging skills and valuable support over the years.

When her four children were small, she was active in 4-H, PTA and Standard Little League at the "Old Cow Palace," now known as Standard Field, her family added.

Since her retirement, she had been a master gardener and master food preserver with the University of California Cooperative Extension. She had also been an active member of the local chapter of the California Native Plant Society. She held the posts of vice president and treasurer and oversaw the chapter's plant-growing area at her home.

Her family said she loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman, especially the salt waters off the coast of Bodega Bay, Fort Bragg and Eureka. When she was younger, she spent much time on an island in Humboldt Bay with an aunt and uncle who were commercial fishermen on the saltwater.

She was also an amateur botanist and was always eager to show others her favorite spots for viewing the Sierra wildflowers, her family said.

She liked the Red Hills area of Chinese Camp and assisted the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) with the trails system.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Chester Stone of Sonora; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Joyce Stone of Moro, Ore.; a son, Donald Stone and his friend, Vickie Biggs, both of Tuolumne; a daughter and son-in-law, Carla and Darryl Lucas of Martinez; brothers-in-law, Richard Stone and his wife, Patricia, of Valley Springs and Dale C. Stone of Portland, Ore.; sisters-in-law, Betty Cooley and her husband, Chauncey, of Fruitport, Mich., and Emma Jean Clark of San Jose; grandchildren, Megan, Heather and Shawn Stone of Moro and Donald and Darryl Lucas of Martinez; and numerous cousins in Shasta and Modoc counties and in Northern Idaho.

She was preceded in death by her son, Ronald Dean Stone, in 1978.

At her request, no services were held. Her ashes have been scattered at one of her favorite spots in the Sierra.

Donations can be made to a favorite charity or the California Native Plant Society, P.O. Box 4050, Sonora, CA 95370.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Doyle E. Tuck

Jan. 10, 1918 - Aug. 14, 2004

Longtime Twain Harte resident Doyle E. Tuck died Saturday at his home. He was 86.

He was born in Collinsville, Texas, and had lived in Twain Harte. While growing up, he attended school in Coleman, Okla., and then came to California where he settled in 1937. As a young man, he ser-ved in the Civil Service for the U.S. Navy at Pearl Harbor from 1943-45. He later went into business with his brother-in-law, Jack Day and owned Tuck & Day Furniture. He then worked for Flintkote from 1960-80 when he then retired in Twain Harte.

His family said he loved to hunt and travel.

He belonged to the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the Mother Lode Gun Club. He and his wife recently celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary on July 5.

Mr. Tuck is survived by his wife of 64 years, Barbara L. Tuck; children, Dennis Tuck and his wife, Carolyn, of Twain Harte, Douglas Tuck of Vancouver, Wash., and Virginia Harris and her husband, David, of El Dorado Hills; a sister and brother-in-law, Susie and Ruel Scarberry of Merced; a sister-in-law, Mildred Tuck of Collinsville; grandchildren, David and Michael Harris, Holly and Doug Sentell and Matthew and Michael Tuck; and a great-grandson, Andrew Sentell.

He was preceded in death by his brother, H.C. Tuck, in 1986; and a grandson, Stephen Harris, in 1996.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. tomorrow at Evergreen Memorial Park with the Rev. Jo Ann Neal of the Mount Calvary Lutheran Church officiating. All are invited to join the family for a gathering after the service at 3570 Gardner Road in Merced.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Doyle E. Tuck's name to Catheys Valley Historical Society, P.O. Box 321, Catheys Valley, CA 95306 or Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the Sierra, P.O. Box 4805, Sonora, CA 95370.

Evergreen Memorial Park & Funeral Home, Inc., in Merced is handling arrangements.

Willie Mayfield

Sept. 17, 1915 - Aug. 18, 2004

Longtime Greeley Hill resident Willie Mayfield died Wednesday at a Turlock care center. She was 88.

She was born in Oklahoma and had lived in Greeley Hill for 39 years. She worked as a cook for 50 years. She was a member of Wildwood Chapel in Greeley Hill.

Her family said she loved her home.

She is survived by her son, Stanley Hunt of Denair, Stanislaus County; stepsons, Jim Mayfield of Medford, Ore., and Joe Mayfield of Minden, Nev.; stepdaughters, Dorothy Pate of Boulder Creek, Santa Cruz County, and Cloyce Spain of Dos Palos, Merced County; sisters, Juanita Grayson of Firebaugh, Fresno County, and Wanda Brinkley of Dos Palos; a sister-in-law, Minnie McCurdy of Dos Palos; 18 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Visitation is scheduled from 1-5 p.m. tomorrow at Heuton Memorial Chapel. A graveside service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at Dudley Cemetery in Greeley Hill.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Helen Yeager

Feb. 25, 1921 - Aug. 14, 2004

Helen Yeager of Coulterville died Saturday at a Sonora hospital. She was 83.

She was born in Reynoldsville, W.Va., and had lived in Coulterville for 16 years. She was a self-employed daycare provider for 25 years.

Her family said she loved to sew and make Ragedy Ann and Andy dolls. She enjoyed camping and her family.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Harrison Yeager of Coulterville; daughters, Evelyn Johnson and Vicky Williamson, both of Coulterville; sisters, Wilma Herrod of West Virginia and Elta Leason of Nevada; 11 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

At her request, no services are scheduled.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


ANDERSON A memorial service for Helen Louise Anderson, 94, of Sonora is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. She died Wednesday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

CHOATE Dorothy L. Choate, 95, a former Copperopolis resident, died June 13 at an Albany, N.Y., care home. A service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. James' Episcopal Church in Sonora. Cremation Funeral Service in Delmar, N.Y., is handling arrangements.